The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn't move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a "command-and-control" role over the process in a way that could hurt business.
The warning, from a top White House economic official who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity, came on the eve of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's address to the international conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jackson, however, tried to strike a tone of cooperation in her address Wednesday, explaining that the EPA's new powers to regulate greenhouse gases will be used to complement legislation pending in Congress, not replace it.
"This is not an 'either-or' moment. It's a 'both-and' moment," she said.
Or as we like to say around here at BwD, “If the thunder don’t get you, the lightning will.” Or as the convential energy industry would say: "We're completely hosed either way."
We will give the administration credit, though, for making no pretense about their desire to ruin jobs with their picking-winners-and-losers crony capitalism approach to “handling” the economy.
When the EPA decided to bestow upon itself the dubious powers to regulate green house emissions earlier this week, we wondered if this effectively rendered cap and trade moot. If you weren’t going to be able regulate bad stuff like what is coming out of your mouth in gaseous form as you read this, then regulate it by fiat, right?
Well, as Ms. Jackson (pictured), a priestess in the administration’s faith-based AGW cabal, indicates, they’re covering their bases.
So, forgive us if we correct that anonymous official: that's not "command and control", that’s just effective airtight governance.